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Alf Francis, Racing Mechanic, 1948-58: The Cars, the Drivers, the Inside Story Hardcover – 18 Nov 1991

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  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: G T Foulis & Co Ltd; Reprint edition (18 Nov. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0854299378
  • ISBN-13: 978-0854299379
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 16.5 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 603,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the story of Alf Francis' life as a motor racing mechanic in the years following World War II. Alf Francis' story - as told by journalist Peter Lewis - contains abrasive opinion, technical specifications and surprises for those who view motor racing in the late 1940s and early 1950s with rose-tinted spectacles. This book includes Francis' racing with Stirling Moss, Rob Walker's racing team and Cooper-Climax cars, descriptions of how to build racing cars, repair and race preparation, as well as descriptions of Moss' victory in the 1958 Argentine Grand Pix and Maurice Trintignant's 1958 Monaco GP win - both with the F1 Cooper-Climax team.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Metcalf on 6 Jan. 2010
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The combination of first hand stories about HWM and other cars, and the mechanics who kept them going and put the British flag on motor racing across Europe immediately after the war are the real heros. Race tracks long gone are described in some detail, with stories of the amateur 'hand-to-mouth' existance without the excessive sponsorship of today's F1. Motor racing was a sport - not a business!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By c m preston on 9 Feb. 2013
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A first class book for anyone interested in motor racing during the imediate post war period. A story of small underfunded british teams pitting their technical wits against the large well organised German and Italian teams. All told by a Polish mechanic who understandably was not the biggest fan of the Germans.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By hellsbells on 3 Mar. 2013
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This was bought as a Christmas present and it was a great success. My father in law was greatly enthusing about it which is great as I don't know anything about racing and only bought it based on the good reviews on Amazon. Thanks go to the people who took the time to write them!
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